Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference

Mideco is proud to be a part of the Institute of Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference at the Gold Coast from Sunday the 6th of August to Tuesday the 8th of August. This conference provides the mining industry with the opportunity to exchange information, network and foster proactive health and safety management techniques. At this seminar Mideco will be showcasing the Bat Booth™ – a device designed to keep mine and quarry workers safe from the harmful elements of dust and airborne contaminants.

We look forward to discussing the safety issues involved with mining, extraction, drilling, crushing, hauling and stockpiling industrial materials. The dust particles released during these processes can cause serious health issues for all workers, such as pneumoconiosis or silicosis. Both conditions are disabling and often fatal lung diseases.

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The Bat Booth™ uses nothing but pure air to capture dust from worker’s contaminated clothing – providing safety for both the worker and the environment. Supplied completely assembled on a skid base. Once on site, compressed air and power connections are all that is needed to be fully operational. The Bat Booth™ is perfect for mines, quarries or any commercial environment where dust contamination poses a health hazard. 

Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing. As a company we are purposefully working to help make the environment safer for all workers exposed to dust, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

For more detailed information on the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

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Mideco’s Latest Feature in National Resources Review

Our latest feature in the National Resources Review has just been published.

We discuss the harm airborne contaminants can cause during mining, extraction, drilling, crushing, hauling and stockpiling industrial materials. Workers in these mines, quarries and other processes may be exposed to both dust and crystalline silica. These dust particles can cause serious health issues for all workers, such as pneumoconiosis or silicosis. Both conditions are disabling and often fatal lung diseases.

To help keep all workers and their environment safe, Mideco provide dust control solutions tailored to our clients’ specific needs and operational issues. Our mission is to help keep our customer’s working environment and workers safe. We aim to develop partnerships that will last for years into the future. If you have a dust control problem, we aim to be a part of your solution.

Our key projects demonstrate that we can confidently recommend the best technology for our customer’s application, from mining, quarry and cement to fertiliser and grain manufacturing. Our solutions process is rigorous, taking into account all steps to better understand the dust control problem, develop the essential criteria for the solution and design the most appropriate solution.

To read the full editorial click here – Mideco National Resources Review Cover Story

To learn more about our products and services call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Mideco’s Key Achievements

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To help keep all workers and their environment safe, Mideco provide dust control and management solutions tailored to mining, extraction work, drilling, crushing, hauling and stockpiling of industrial materials. Australian owned and managed, Mideco have been operating for more than sixty years with a proven record in diverse projects.

We are proud of our products and services and some of our key achievements in 2016-2017 included:

  • Sold 10 units of the Bat Booth (for the first year after its launch)
  • Burnley Baffles are installed in the USA, Canada, Ukraine, China (besides Australia)
  • Christmas Island Phosphates project – dust collector for 100.000 m3/hour
  • Mideco donated AUD $5,000 to the Mac.Robertson Girls’ H.S.
  • Mideco donated AUD $2,000 to Fred Hollows Foundation

Our project case studies prove the deliverables of these solutions to provide the benefits of a safe working environment. If you have a dust control problem, Mideco aim to be a part of your solution.

To learn more about our products and services call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Mideco Spare Parts and Service Department

Mideco provide spares of the highest quality for all types of dust control equipment, with the most frequently used parts being held in stock. We also supply fluorescent dye powder for dust collector leak tests.

Our Service Department offers a range of convenient services to ensure that your complete dust collection system operates as effectively as the day it was installed and in some cases we can improve its performance.

We provide services for all types of dust collectors, scrubbers, fans and duct-work systems ranging from scheduled preventative maintenance, to emergency after hours response for breakdown repairs.

Mideco also provide assessments and overhauls of dust collection systems including redesign for greater efficiency of operation and upgrades of dust collectors for better performance. Fully equipped with all the necessary resources and personnel to ensure that your equipment lasts as long as possible providing lower operating costs due to reduced down time.

Call us on 1300 643 320 to discuss the development of a specific service offering that fits with your site specific needs or email us at sales@mideco.com.au and we will be in touch to provide the relevant information.

Worker Exposure To Respirable Dust

A recent assessment was performed by the NSW Government to provide an in-depth look at the “control measures for respirable dust management and their implementation”. The assessment was undertaken by a multi-disciplined team of Mine Safety inspectors for NSW underground coal mines.

The specific findings highlighted the need to:

  • ensure the “Ventilation Control Plan” accurately records the ventilation quantities required for safe production to occur;
  • develop a “Standard for Ventilation” where cement products are used in underground coal mines; and
  • review “Procedures for Activities” carried out on the return side of dust generating activities.

Targeted assessments are always seen as a valuable process capable of identifying critical risk control issues not previously uncovered by conventional inspection regimes in mines, quarries and other commercial environments. This approach also highlighted the strong benefits of using a multidisciplinary inspection team to identify issues across a range of areas through one activity. To download the full assessment click here

Mideco are well placed to solve even your most challenging dust collection and extraction system problems. With over sixty years of successful dust collection projects behind us, our solutions process takes into account all aspects and steps to better understand and define our customers’ dust control problem, develop the essential criteria for the solution and design the most appropriate solution. We also provide post implementation support and servicing of equipment to ensure your projects are an ongoing success. We work with our customers to help support their “Procedure for Activities” to be carried out safely for both their workers and the environment.

To learn more about our products and services call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Occupational Hygiene: A Dust Management Case Study

Mideco was proud to be a part of the Institute of Quarrying Australia’s Safety & Health Seminar in Brisbane last week. The Institute works hard to provide world class professional development for the extractive industry, establish an Australian Quarrying Academy and align service offerings with industry needs.

At the seminar we heard from Russel Wilson – General Manager Quarries in QLD from Boral on “Occupational Hygiene: A Dust Management Case Study”. Russel described the practical steps taken on site to improve the hygiene of employees and contractors by reducing exposure to airborne dust at Boral’s quarry operation. He also discussed the legislation in QLD to ensure workers’ exposure to respirable dust is at the acceptable levels, personal protective equipment is always provided and we all work hard to suppress airborne dust so a worker’s safety is not threatened.

Mideco showcased the Bat Booth™ at the Seminar – a device specifically designed to keep workers safe from the harmful elements of dust. The Bat Booth™ will help companies like Boral adhere to the legislation and prevent dust related diseases. 

At the Seminar there was genuine excitement as Industry Safety Managers asked questions and learnt more about the benefits the Bat Booth™ can provide back to their workers and organisations. Mideco would like to thank the  organisers of the Seminar and the Institute of Quarrying Australia for the opportunity to present and share information about the Bat Booth™.

For more detailed information on the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Institute of Quarrying Australia’s Safety & Health Seminar

Mideco is proud to be a part of the Institute of Quarrying Australia’s Safety & Health Seminar in Brisbane on Friday 16 June, 2017. The Institute works hard to provide world class professional development for the extractive industry, establish an Australian Quarrying Academy and align service offerings with industry needs. At this seminar Mideco will be showcasing the Bat Booth™ – a device designed to keep quarry workers safe from the harmful elements of dust.

Whether dust is coming from transfer points, roads, mining, quarrying or cement processes it is harmful and real health hazard for all workers, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica. Research has shown that dusty clothing can elevate a workers exposure to dust 10 times that of a worker in clean clothing.

The Bat Booth™ uses nothing but pure air to capture dust from worker’s contaminated clothing – providing safety for both the worker and the environment. Supplied completely assembled on a skid base. Once on site, compressed air and power connections are all that is needed to be fully operational. The Bat Booth™ is perfect for quarries, mines or any commercial environment where dust contamination poses a health hazard. 

Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing. As a company we are purposefully working to help make the environment safer for all workers exposed to dust, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica.

We look forward to seeing you at the Seminar in Brisbane!

For more detailed information on the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Burnley® Baffles Dust Suppression

Burnley® Baffles are our internationally patented dust suppression device especially designed to reduce the escape of dust from dump hoppers and chutes handling dry granular bulk raw materials such as grains and ores.  A Burnley® Baffle installation consists of a set of modules that fill the open inlet face of a hopper.

Each module contains a set of blades that pivot to allow the material to flow into the hopper. The dust generated from the material falling into the hopper cannot escape because the hopper is only open where the material is entering. An 80% to 85% reduction in the size of dust collector and fan is achievable with the use of Burnley® Baffles.

The Mideco team is well placed to solve the most challenging dust collection and extraction system problems. Australian owned and operating since 1950, our extensive range of products have been proven in a vast range of applications both locally and offshore.

Our solutions process is rigorous, taking into account all aspects and steps to understand and define your dust control problem, develop the essential criteria for the solution and design the most appropriate solution. We also provide post implementation support to ensure your projects are an ongoing success.

For more detailed information regarding Burnley® Baffles call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

The Hidden Dangers Of Dust Resuspension On Workers’ Clothing

Dust has always been a problem in the quarrying, mining, extractive and commercial industries.

Whether it’s coming from roads, transfer points, processes or machinery – its presence has always been a huge problem for many companies. One point that is often overlooked, or dealt with poorly, is harmful dust particles once they have landed on clothing.

McDonagh and Byrne, physicists from the University of Ireland in Galway, Republic of Ireland, who both specialise in dust particulates, demonstrate the dangers of dust clothing resuspension in an article they published in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. The physicists found that on average 67 per cent of dust on a person’s clothing will resuspend itself into the air during physical activity, allowing dust to be inhaled. To read the McDonagh and Byrne article in full – click here.

This dust when inhaled can have serious issues for workers’ health, from lung cancers, tuberculosis to silicosis – which is permanent scarring on the lungs as a result of breathing in silica dust, a common dust in quarries and mines. There have been many solutions to the problem of dust collection from dustpan brushes to portable dust blow-off devices, but these don’t solve the problems associated with resuspension.

Mideco believe we have the definitive solution to the problem – called the Bat Booth™ – a stand alone personnel dust booth, that can be placed anywhere on a worksite and in 10 seconds blows the dust off the worker and then sucks it through the floor. Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing.

For more detailed information regarding the Hidden Dangers Of Dust Resuspension On Workers’ Clothing and the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au

Bat Booth™ – The Hardest Working 10 Seconds You’ll Ever See

Whether dust is coming from transfer points, roads, mining, quarrying or cement processes it is harmful and real health hazard for all workers, particularly when the dust contains known carcinogens or silica. Research has shown that dusty clothing can elevate a workers exposure to dust 10 times that of a worker in clean clothing.

The Bat Booth™ uses nothing but pure air to capture dust from worker’s contaminated clothing – providing safety for both the worker and the environment. It’s the hardest working 10 seconds you’ll ever see.

The Bat Booth™ is supplied completely assembled on a skid base. Once on site, compressed air and power connections are all that is needed to be fully operational. Perfect for quarries, mines or any commercial environment where dust contamination poses a health hazard. Other alternatives have proven to be risky, slow, ineffective and do not contain the dust when dislodged from clothing.

Mideco has invested significant time, effort and expense to gain UL approval for its Enclosed Industrial Control Panel that is the heart of the Bat Booth™. As a company we are purposefully working to open up new markets with equipment that is “plug and play” for the owner. A UL label means the equipment is fully compliant with the local regulations for which it is tagged.

For more detailed information regarding the Bat Booth™ call us on 1300 643 320 or email us at sales@mideco.com.au